FOXBORO — On the surface, they are the oddest of couples.

On one hand, there’s the flamboyant Chad Ochocinco — the attention-seeking wide receiver and reality TV star who lives his life in the public eye, using Twitter as just another tool in communicating with the masses.



Here’s Wednesday’s injury report for the Patriots-Bengals game:

 

Patriots

 

Full Participation in Practice
Kyle Arrington (groin)
Ron Brace (ankle)
Tom Brady (right shoulder)
Jermaine Cunningham (ankle)
Brandon Deaderick (toe)
Aaron Hernandez (knee)
Myror Pryor (knee)
Matt Slater (hamstring)

 

Defensive lineman Jonathan Fanene was limited in Bengals practice in Cincinnati on Wednesday as they began on-field planning for the Patriots in the season opener at Gillette Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Here is the participation list submitted by the Bengals on Wednesday afternoon:

 

Bengals:                                       Wednesday

 

Brandon Ghee CB Head              Did Not Participate

FOXBORO -- In keeping with last year's tradition of taking Wednesday's off during the regular season, Randy Moss was not spotted during the open portion of Wednesday practice on the lower practice field at Gillette Stadium.

 

Additionally, Terrence Wheatley, Nick Kaczur and Quinn Ojinnaka were not spotted at practice either. Meanwhile, Julian Edelman and Laurence Maroney were on the sidelines in sweats. Ojinnaka is not eligible to practice this week as he is serving a one-game league-mandated suspension for a domestic issue involving his wife in May 2009.

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady said Wednesday that a history of four surgeries has impacted his thought process as he attempts to hash out a contract extension with the Patriots.

 

“That’s a big part of it," Brady said. "It’s a physical game. I’ve had four surgeries in eight years,” Brady said. “Pretty much every other year having a surgery. All surgeries are major as far as I’m concerned.”

 

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning, in the wake of reports that he is about to sign a new contract with the team. Brady refused repeated requests to discuss the status of his negotiations but made it clear how he feels about the team.

 

Why isn't Bill Belichick getting more of the benefit of the doubt heading into the Patriots' opener? (AP)THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” — Thomas Paine, "The Crisis"



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Willie McGinest delivered a memorable sack in the 2004 season opener against Peyton Manning and the Colts. (AP)Since Bill Belichick took over prior to the 2000 season, the Patriots have rarely failed to deliver an entertaining regular-season opener.



Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will make his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning at 6:30 a.m. This will be his first media appearance since multiple outlets reported that the QB and the team were close to a new contract. The Boston Herald reported that the deal could be for three years and worth $58 million. The former NFL MVP is scheduled to earn $6.5 million this season in the final year of a six-year contract.
 

The Patriots have signed cornerback Tony Carter, linebacker Tyrone McKenzie and cornerback Prince Miller to the practice squad today. In addition, they released tight end Jeron Mastrud from the practice squad. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com.